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transpose

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transitive verb, trans·pose \tran(t)s-ˈpōz\

Simple Definition of transpose

  • : to change the position or order of (two things)

  • : to change (something) by giving it a different form, using it in a different place or situation, etc.

  • music : to write or perform (a piece of music) in a different key

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of transpose

transposedtransposing

  1. 1 :  to change in form or nature :  transform

  2. 2 :  to render into another language, style, or manner of expression :  translate

  3. 3 :  to transfer from one place or period to another :  shift

  4. 4 :  to change the relative place or normal order of :  alter the sequence of <transpose letters to change the spelling>

  5. 5 :  to write or perform (a musical composition) in a different key

  6. 6 :  to bring (a term) from one side of an algebraic equation to the other with change of sign

transposable play \-ˈpō-zə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of transpose in a sentence

  1. I must have accidentally transposed the numbers when I dialed his phone number.

  2. a story originally set in London that has been transposed to Paris for this film

  3. a melody transposed to the key of C



Origin of transpose

Middle English, from Anglo-French transposer, from Latin transponere (perfect indicative transposui) to change the position of, from trans- + ponere to put, place — more at position


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of transpose

reverse, transpose, invert mean to change to the opposite position. reverse is the most general term and may imply change in order, side, direction, meaning <reversed his position on the trade agreement>. transpose implies a change in order or relative position of units often through exchange of position <transposed the letters to form an anagram>. invert applies chiefly to turning upside down or inside out <a stamp with an inverted picture of an airplane>.

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transpose

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noun trans·pose \ˈtran(t)s-ˌpōz\

Definition of transpose

  1. :  a matrix formed from another matrix by interchanging the rows and columns



1937

First Known Use of transpose

1937


TRANSPOSE Defined for Kids

transpose

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verb trans·pose \trans-ˈpōz\

Definition of transpose for Students

transposedtransposing

  1. 1 :  to change the position or order of <Transpose the letters in “tow” to spell “two.”>

  2. 2 :  to write or perform in a different musical key




Medical Dictionary

transpose

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verb trans·pose \tran(t)s-ˈpōz\

Medical Definition of transpose

transposed; transposing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to transfer from one place or period to another; specifically :  to subject to genetic transposition

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to undergo genetic transposition

transposable \-ˈpō-zə-bəl\play adjective




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